Results and Outcomes 2016/2017

JFCS Exists To Serve Our Community With Four Goals

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JFCS is serving families and children in the Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Bucks County areas to preserve and support the healthy growth of children and families in their homes, schools, and communities.

Ensuring Safe and Secure Homes

  1. 368 children were placed in safe and secure homes through our foster care program
  2. 32 children found permanent homes through our foster-to-adopt services
  3. 1,571  children and families received truancy intervention services
  4. 38  individuals were provided support for intimate partner abuse

Creating and Helping to Grow Families

  1. 64 babies were adopted through JFCS ’ Open Arms Adoption program and SWAN
    Adoption (foster care adoption)
  2. 150 expectant or new mothers were supported and counseled as they considered making an adoption plan or a parenting plan
  3. 10 couples received financial assistance for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments, as a result, one healthy babies were born, and two are on their way

Educating for a Lifetime of Well-Being

  1. 80% of parents gained parenting skills and confidence through our parenting classes
  2. 115 pregnant and parenting teen received education and care management support to increase their ability to stay in school
  3. We taught children and teens about healthy decisions in the midst of intense peer pressure:
  4. 1,562…………. students attended our alcohol and drug prevention training
  5. 1,348…… students learned about bullying and violence prevention
  6. 9,093…… individuals participated in gambling prevention workshops
  7. 417…………. students took part in leadership and mentoring classes
  8. 120…………. individuals attended alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs/violence prevent consultations
  9. 443………… students learned more about safe dating
  10. 950…………. Jewish day school student from 7 schools participated in Safety Kid, a unique child sexual abuse prevention inititative
  11. 220…………. LGBTQ youth attended workshops



JFCS is enabling older adults to age safely in place and individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and an enhanced quality of life.

Serving Older Adults

  1. 399 older adults received in-home care and housekeeping services to ensure they remained safely and screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-30-34-amcomfortably in their homes
  2. 1,980 rides were provided to ensure that older adults could access medical appointments, go shopping, and attend social activities—with the goal to combat isolation
  3. 39 individuals experiencing hoarding challenges who were at risk of eviction received services with a 100% success rate to maintain their housing

Ensuring Our Holocaust Survivor’s Needs Are Met

(JFCS is the Primary Survivor Provider in the Greater Philadelphia Region) 

  1. 327 Survivors received care management
  2. 229 Survivors received in-home care and chore/housekeeping services
  3. 23 Survivors received emergency financial assistance
  4. 48 Survivors received in-home nursing care by our nurse practitioner with a total of 290 home visits, including basic checkups, medicine management, and wellness consultation
  5. 29 Survivors received Meals on Wheels funded through the program
  6. 132 rides were provided to combat isolation
  7. 43 received transportation funded through the program

Empowering Individuals Living with Disabilitiesscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-30-49-am

  1. 152  individuals received social and life skills experiences to attain their highest level of independence
  2. 55 children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual disabilities received care management services, including financial assistance, attaining psycho-educational evaluations, applying for benefits and entitlements, and attending camps
  3. 47 “Baking a Difference” sessions were held to enhance life skills; participants baked 575 challahs and raised $2,875 for food insecurity
  4. 20 adolescents expanded their life skills and self-care through our new collaborative program with the Franklin Institute, combining fun interactive science exhibits with learning about healthy living

Comforting and Helping to Find Peace Through Spiritual Carescreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-10-22-35-am

  1. 13,938 challahs were delivered to patients in the hospital
  2. 4,509 Jewish patients were spiritually comforted during hospital stays enabling them to feel connected to their community
  3. 101 families received spiritual care during a loved one’s end of life



JFCS is serving those who are hungry, homeless or in jeopardy of losing their homes, uninsured, unsafe, and financially insecure.

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-10-21-44-amMeeting the Need

  1. 794 community members received financial help from JFCS
  2. 83 of the clients supported had children in their household
  3. 893 financial grants were provided
  4. $232,262 was awarded to individuals and families

Providing Food and Shelter

  1. 205 of our clients received financial assistance
  2. 55 people kept their lights on, were warm in the winter and cool in the summer through JFCS ’ utility assistance
  3. 72 people were able to stay in their homes when we provided mortgage and rent relief
  4. 2,900 adults and children receive 17,515 pieces of clothing at 71 clothing assistance pop-up shops by Our Closet-Powered by JFCS

Helping to Access Benefits, Proving Healthcare Financial Support

  1. 109 people were enrolled in benefits for food, healthcare, and otherscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-31-06-am
    public programs
  2. 40 adults were given dental support improving their health and nutrition

Helping to Educate and Send to Camp

  1. 69 children received camp scholarships, enabling their working parents to maintain their gainfully employement work schedules through the summer months
  2. $128,750 in college scholarships was awarded to 29 student



JFCS is bringing together people who are isolated and feel alone in their life’s circumstances with others who are feeling the same way and facing similar issues by helping them engage with their peers, family, friends, and community.

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  1. 166 Holocaust Survivors came together for regular social activities including music and film events,
    Jewish holiday celebrations, current event discussions, and meals shared with peers
  2. We hosted socialization events throughout the year for our Survivors such as Café Europa, special movie and discussion events, and our “Maven’s Club,” which provides a meal and engaging social activities each quarter

People Living with Disabilities Community

  1. 184 adults with disabilities, their families and friends as well as community members celebratedscreen-shot-2016-10-21-at-4-06-10-pm
    inclusive holidays together in synagogues through our JFCS In-JOY program (Inclusive Joyous Occasions Year Round)
  2. 56 socialization and educational trips/programs were hosted by JFCS for 52 adults living with disabilities through the Adult Network, 20 adolescents/young adults through the Teen Network and six adults in the SPICE Program (Social, Peer, Interaction, Community, and Enrichment)

LGBTQ Communities

  1. 1,030 participants attended 35 LGB TQ sensitivity trainings
  2. 11 Jewish institutions, including synagogues and Jewish day schools, were coached to help them to increase LGBTQ-inclusion, ensuring inclusive programming, protocols, and policies for both internal and externalscreen-shot-2016-11-15-at-11-28-32-am communications and standards
  3. 485 people attended five J.Proud events to encourage inclusivity, overcome isolation, and to just have fun
  4. 35 Jewish area organizations were members of J.Proud, a JFCS consortium, created by JFCS to build community and advocate for LGBTQ communities

Adoptive Family Communities

  1. 62 families attended various workshops designed to provide education and to foster shared experiences among our Open Arms Adoption Network Community
  2. 115 families attended our picnics, celebrating their families formed by adoptionscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-10-31-45-am
  3. 55 adoptive families and potential adoptive parents attended our informal supportive forums that address various topics touching everyone in the adoption experience

Orthodox Jewish Community

  1. 26 workshops on mental health issues were provided for Orthodox women
  2. 18 Orthodox mental health professionals participated in bi-monthly meetings for coordination of services and peer support
  3. 485 women engaged in workshops and conferences to learn about mental healthscreen-shot-2016-11-18-at-10-23-16-am
  4. 875 Orthodox women participated locally and nationally in perinatal bereavement support conference calls